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Discover France: Biology and Chemistry Program
Spend a semester learning about science in the Parisian health care environment!
Fall Semesters Only
The Discover France: Bio/Chem program is confirmed to run in Fall 2017!
This fantastic opportunity offers third year biology and chemistry students the rare chance study in Paris for the fall semester while staying on track for graduation!
- Participate in science and health-related lectures that will help you gain a priceless, multi-faceted perspective on European culture, politics, and healthcare.
- Strengthen your academic portfolio by exposing yourself to Europe’s healthcare system.
- Potential MCAT tutoring on site to ensure your preparations for post-graduate education remain on course.
- Stay on track for graduation by using this year-by-year course schedule.
For basic information regarding Housing, Meals, Local Staff, Costs, and Financial Aid please reference the Discover France: Paris page.
While abroad, students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 18 credits. Those credits must include at least three in-person classes to ensure you make the most of your new home city.
Specialized Chemistry and Biology Courses
BIO 2250 Introduction to Neurobiology
The nervous systems from invertebrate to mammals focusing primarily on the mechanisms by which the brain functions. Prerequisite: BIO 2000, 3000. (3cr.)
BIO 2270 Introduction to Virology
Introduction to the biology of viruses including structure, replication, disease causation, and host response to infection. Lecture, 3 hours. Prerequisite: BIO 2280. (3cr.)
PHI 2240: Ethics and Health Care
A discussion of the nature of human happiness and the development of moral principles and their impact on one’s life in its various dimensions: personal, familial, social, political and professional. The application of these principles to ethical issues as they arise in medical practice and the practice of pharmacy. This course also counts toward the distributed core's 2000-level philosophy requirement. (3cr)
Want to learn more? To find out how the Discover France: Biology and Chemistry program fits within your SJU Biology or Chemistry degree, please speak with your St. John’s College Academic Advisor.
Available to all students: The College of Professional Studies awards a minor in International Studies upon the satisfaction of 18 credits distributed among foreign language courses, courses with an international and/or comparative focus as their primary area of study, as well as other courses taken abroad. Students of any college interested in a minor in International Studies should contact their advising dean. A maximum of 3 credits may overlap between major & minor, or minor & minor.
The following Global Studies courses may count toward the International Studies minor: ART 1095C, ART 1250, ART 1775A, ART 1790A, ART 1795A, ECO 1320, ENG 2500, GOV 2650, GOV 3320, HMT 2025, IB 3341, PHI 2200C, PHI 3000C, THE 2810, THE 2850, THE 3305.
Courses in French, Italian and Spanish at the 3000-level and 4000-level also count. Students may count 6-credits of foreign language study at the 1000-level and 2000-level.
In addition to the Discover France: Paris Semester activities, lectures, weekend and 5-day excursions, the following visits and events have been specially designed to enhance the Biology and Chemistry curriculum offered in Paris.
Arts et Metiers Museum
The museum of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers, founded in 1794 as a repository for the preservation of scientific instruments and inventions in order to train engineers. It displays about 2500 objects (out of a collection of over 80,000), among which are some of the first planes (Clément Ader’s Avion III, Louis Blériot’s Blériot XI), an original version of the Foucault pendulum, the original model of the Statue of Liberty, and a large number of early scientific instruments including Blaise Pascale’s Pascalines (the first mechanical calculators), Antoine Laurent de Lavoisier’s laboratory, the Duc de Chaulnes’ microscope, etc.
Lecture on Healthcare Systems in France and the US
Lecture by Dr. Arun Kapil presenting the histories and structures of healthcare systems in France and the U.S.
Museums of the Jardin des Plantes
Established in 1626 as a royal medicinal garden by King Louis XIII’s physician Guy de la Brosse, the Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France and part of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle. Students visit some of the museums located on the garden’s grounds including the Cabinet d’Histoire which traces the history of the institution itself and the Grande Galerie (formerly Galerie de Zoologie), the natural history collection.
Musee des Moulages of the Saint Louis Hospital
This museum, normally closed to the public, contains the most important dermatological wax collection in the world: some 4800 casts representing almost 200 skin diseases. An historical landmark, it serves as a testament to the development of modern medicine and medical training since the 19th century.
Lecture on Renewable Energy
Dr. Brendan Gillespie, former head of the environmental performance and information at the OECD, will outline current renewable energy practices and some projections for future energy research and consumption.
Students will visit the microbiology lab of Sven van Teeffelen and his team at the Pasteur Institute. Using state-of-the art fluorescence microscopy, quantitative image analysis, and modeling, the research team investigates how bacteria organize and grow, relying on techniques from physics, engineering, and molecular biology.
Lecture on Human/Robot interaction
Lecture by Dr. S. Romi Mukherjee on post-humanism and the ethics of the robotic age.
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
The biggest science museum in Europe, the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie focuses on the fostering of scientific and technical culture and aims to promote public interest in science, research, and industry.
Musée d’Histoire de la Médecine
The History of Medicine Museum is located within the Paris Descartes University’s medical school. Its collection is one of the oldest in Europe and includes surgical, diagnostic, and physiological instruments spanning centuries.
A workshop introducing students to molecular cuisine techniques. By using scientific tools and techniques, this modernist cuisine aims to bring about chemical and physical reactions in food that are unexpected and delicious.
By paying the $250 non-refundable deposit all students agree to accept the Office of Global Studies Refund Policy, detailed in the Confirmation Form as well as on this Accepted Students Site. Please note that the $250 deposit is non-refundable for All Programs, and not subject to (or not part of) the Office of Global Studies Refund Policy. In the event that you choose to withdraw from the study abroad program, notification of your withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the Office of Global Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Refund Policy schedule is as follows:
IF WITHDRAWAL OCCURS...
PROGRAM FEE REFUND
Greater than 8 weeks prior to the arrival date
6-8 weeks prior to the arrival date
4-6 weeks prior to the arrival date
3-4 weeks prior to the arrival date
1-3 weeks prior to the arrival date
One week or less
All fees are non-refundable
On or after the arrival date
All fees are non-refundable
Please note that tuition is refunded according to SJU's tuition refund schedule, available here.
Fall 2018 Program Fee: $8,490 (tuition and airfare not included)
Note: the Program Fee covers accommodations, our meal program abroad, excursions, and student health insurance.
Great News! In an effort to make study abroad more accessible to you, St. John’s offers additional financial aid toward semester programs abroad (based on financial aid). Grants can reach in excess to $6,000, which puts a significant dent in the $8,490 Program Fee. To find out if you’re eligible for a Study Abroad Grant—and how much it will be—look for a letter from the Office of Student Financial Services, sent home each semester, which compares the cost of study abroad with the cost of staying on the New York Campus.
Also, we highly suggest you check out our scholarship listings and conduct personal scholarship research of your own. You may be surprised by the scholarship opportunities you’ll come across via a simple Google search.
For tips from prior students on how to spend money wisely while abroad, read through the “Preparing to Go” section of our Student Guide.
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